Chief Administrative Officer General Counsel resume example with 8+ years of experience

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Executive Profile

Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel leading the legal, governance, government relations, special events, membership and diversity and inclusion operations of the PGA of America.

Practicing corporate attorney and business executive known for extensive experience in not-for-profit association issues, intellectual property, labor law, sports and entertainment law, business transactions, event management and legal adviser to the Board of Directors. Serves as the Parliamentarian at PGA of America annual meetings and is regarded as an expert in the order, rules and decorum of conducting a business meeting with an audience of 400+ participants.

A PGA of America staff member since 1990, regarded as a pioneer for women sports administrators and legal experts in the field of sports law in male-dominated organizations. Has demonstrated an ability to be a key executive for organizational problem solving and crisis management.

Skill Highlights
  • Leadership
  • Crisis Management
  • Communication Skills
  • Analytical Skills
  • Policy Implementer
  • Mentor
  • Team Builder
  • Problem Solver
  • Litigation Manager
  • Negotiator
  • Competitive
  • Innovator
  • Public Speaker
  • Collaborator
  • Intellectual Property
  • Risk Management
, Expected in 1988 : - GPA :
University of Bridgeport School of Law Bridgeport, CT Expected in 1988 Juris Doctorate : - GPA :

Graduated with honors and received an award for excellence in clinical work.

Fairfield University Fairfield, CT Expected in 1985 Bachelor of Arts : History - GPA :

Graduated with honors.

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Core Accomplishments
  • Implemented the PGA of America's intellectual property trademark and service mark registration program internationally
  • Created form agreements for recurring PGA of America events for effectiveness and efficiency
  • Developed contract management system for efficiencies
  • Partnered with key outside law firms for litigation assistance
  • Reduced hotel contract attrition rates to "zero" upon transfer of Special Events department under my direction
  • Created user-friendly policy manual for the Board of Directors
  • Implement Incoming Board Member On-boarding experience
  • Developed and implemented Board of Directors conflict of interest policy and Board Commitment Letter
  • Created the Diversity & Inclusion department for the PGA
  • Implemented a youth background check screening system for national youth programs sponsored by the PGA
  • High performing key executive for all crisis management issues
  • Developed and mentored staff in the Legal , Special Events, Government Relations, Membership, Human Resources and Diversity & Inclusion Departments
Professional Experience
PGA Of America - Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel
City, STATE, 02/2013 - Current

Assistant to the General Counsel July 1990 - July 1993

* acquired skills for corporate law department management

*learned contract negotiation skills, intellectual property skills, developed contract administration system, introduced to working closely with the PGA Board of Directors

Director & Legal Counsel July 1993 - June 1998

*promoted to a Director level following the departure of former General Counsel

*charged with the management of the PGA of America's legal department after acquiring only 3-years of experience

*developed skill of litigation management and overseeing outside law firms and outside consultants

*succeeded in ensuring that the Legal Department was viewed as an integral component of the PGA's business for ensuring that all contracts were approved by the Legal Counsel for the first time in the history of the PGA

*integrally involved with the Risk Management function and insurance renewals

*formulated efficient form agreements for recurring contracts including: corporate hospitality purchases, on-site tournament vendor agreements, purchasing agreements, licensing agreements, sponsor agreements, host site agreements

*implemented Section Activity Guidelines for the PGA's 41 Sections to ensure compliance with national association policies and guidelines

*became the Parliamentarian of the PGA's Annual Meeting with upwards of 400 attendees and learned and implemented Robert's Rules of Order

*first female Parliamentarian in the history of the PGA of America

Senior Director and General Counsel June 1998 - June 2006

*became the first female Senior Director in the history of the PGA of America

*elevated to the senior management team of the PGA

*played key role in the largest sales transaction in the history of the Association

*transitioned contracts for the Ryder Cup when the event was postponed from 2001 until 2002 due to 9/11 terrorist attacks

*successfully negotiated for cancellation insurance claim due to event postponement for terrorist attacks

*developed a thorough working knowledge of labor law issues

*implemented employment policy manual for golf course operations at PGA owned golf courses

*managed alcohol licensing acquisition for golf course operations

*delivered seminars at bar association education conferences in the intellectual property and branding field

*managed transition of outgoing CEO to new CEO

*created background screening policy for vendors and staff and volunteers for events

Managing Director & General Counsel June 2006 - March 2013

*named first female Managing Director in the history of the PGA

*acquired oversight of Human Resources, Special Events and Administrative Services in addition to oversight of Legal Department

*made Special Events Department a revenue producing department through major overhaul of hotel contracts and elimination of attrition fees that had escalated to $100k+ per year under previous management

*added full-time Association Counsel to Legal Department

*re-structured Special Events Department staffing and reduced consultant use to create efficient operation

*managed headquarters building lobby renovation project

*implemented salary structure for each position project with outside consulting firm

*drafted and implemented new employee policies

*updated employee handbook

*implemented new employee on-line management system

*became staff lead for the PGA's federal government relations efforts and represented the PGA on Capital Hill annually at National Golf Day

*led senior staff management team during outgoing CEO's transition period

*initiated RFP process with CEO Search Committee to retain outside executive search firm for new CEO search

Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel March 2013 - Present

*became first C-level female executive at the PGA of America after company reorganization following CEO transition

*acquired new areas of responsibility including the membership department, governance, diversity & inclusion

*updated Board of Directors policies and created "living" document for easy updates and modifications for Board

*created Board of Directors on-boarding process and applicable policies and Board commitment letter

*collaborated with senior management team for the PGA's short-term and long-term strategic plan

*joined the Diversity & Inclusion Sports Consortium as the PGA's executive board member along with executives from the USOC, NFL, NBA, MLB, NASCAR, NHL, USTA, MLS

*hosted the Sports Diversity & Inclusion Symposium at PGA National in October of 2014

*drafted RFP and part of the Board review to engage a federal lobbyist for the We Are Golf Coalition

*integral component of the executive team that managed the removal of the PGA of America President from office in a "for cause" situation

*panelist in the 2013 SDIS conference for Women Executives in Sports

*engaged in mentoring programs with FLAME (Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere) and the Women's Foundation for the Palm Beaches


*Race Horse breeding and ownership



*Travel domestically and internationally

*Spectator sport fan


Legal Department Management

Business Department Management

Contract Negotiation

Policy Drafting and Implementation

Intellectual Property Expertise

Crisis Management

Risk Management

Strategic Planning


Efficiency specialist

Multi-Discipline senior level experience

Public Speaking

Government Relations

Non-Profit Governance Specialist

Strategic Planning

Additional Information
  • Named a "Game Changer" by the Sports Business Journal in September, 2013
  • Vice President and Board Member at Florida Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association April 2000 - Present (14 years 11 months) as a volunteer and serves as the Vice President and the pro bono legal counsel and oversees the legislative affairs of the organization
  • Named a member of the Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Hall of Fame as a harness horse owner and breeder in January of 2015
Professional Affiliations

Florida Bar Association Member

District of Columbia Bar Association Member

American Bar Association Member

Member of Board of Directors of the following organizations:

*Florida Sports Foundation

*We Are Golf Coalition

*Diversity and Inclusion Sports Consortium

*Florida Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association

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  • University of Bridgeport School of Law
  • Fairfield University

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